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Old 07-23-2008, 05:36 PM
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I would like to know how you remove boat name decals? I have removed the decal with a heat gun, but now I still have the glue film. I have tried Goof Off, and 3m Decal Remover but it is really slow going. Does anyone have a better way?
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Old 07-23-2008, 05:42 PM
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WD-40 or if that doesn't work, acetone if it's not painted. Either way, you're gonna have to wash it and wax it afterwards. Make sure to use a white towel/rag!
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Acetone will help you get the sticky glue off. But the problem is the gelcoat isn't oxidized under the letters. You can get it all off and still read it on the hull. You'll need to buff the hull with polishing/rubbing compound as required to remove the "Ghost Letters" Hopes this helps somewhat.
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Old 07-23-2008, 05:51 PM
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Acetone isn't going to remove the adhesive nor is wd-40. Go with a citrus based adhesive remover or the 3M adhesive remover. Done it a gazillion times with cheap citrus based adhesive remover available at any auto body supply house. If you got coin to burn buy the 3M stuff.

On edit: If you're re applying vinyl lettering/graphics over the same area don't lose any sleep over the shading in the gelcoat from the old lettering as the new stuff will cover most of it.

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That's funny , Acatone worked for me, and they were on a loooong time.
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Agree with the above. Once you finally get all the sticky stuff off, back off and look at where the letters, etc., were. Buffing with a mild polishing/rubbing compound is the only solution for removing the ghosting effect of the letters, and even then, you may not be able to totally remove the shadows.
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Old 07-23-2008, 06:04 PM
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That's funny , Acatone worked for me, and they were on a loooong time.

And you probably worked a loooooooooong time and a lot harder at it than you would have if you used a citrus based adhesive remover.

Speaking with over 20 years in the business. But if you know better.....

PS: Btw, it doesn't matter how long the lettering is applied as to the effort it takes to remove. Just like anything else, the right tool for the job.
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Old 07-24-2008, 04:43 AM
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Oven cleaner. It strips the vinyl right off, glue and all, and doesn't touch the gelcoat.

Of course, you still need to wax afterwards, and may need to polish too if the vinyl has been on for a number of years.
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Default Re: Removing boat name decals

When we took the lettering off my boat to paint on the new name there were the ghosts of two prior names under. That was unacceptable to my painter. He buffed the back of that boat for an entire day before he painted the new name. If I stand and stare at it I can see some shadows of past names but I guarantee no one else will. The paint faded around the old letters and short of repainting the entire boat before we put the new name on there wasn't much I could do about it.

Still though, it looks awesome regardless if I know some shadows are there. Here is the thread I posted with before and after pictures

http://www.thehulltruth.com/forums/t...ode=1#M2146967
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Old 07-24-2008, 05:43 AM
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i've used lighter fluid as well. like all other posts, wash and wax after.
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Old 07-24-2008, 06:30 AM
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One other thing that we use in our sign shop, is something called a Chiseler.............
In essence it is a PLASTIC razor blade. You can really soak the the glue with Goof Off and then use a PLASTIC putty knife or PLASTIC razor blade and scrape the glue off. The key is to continue to use the Goof Off heavily while moving the glue around with the scraper. The process eventually removes while reducing the tack of the glue. You will know if you are doing it right if the glue starts to look like a clear Gel the more you move it around.
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:49 PM
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automobile industy has what they call an eraser. you put it on a drill and go. it will remove all decals, lettering,so on
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Go to WalMart and get some De Solv It and spray it on the residue and let it sit for about 30 seconds. Then use a razor blade type scraper at a sharp angle so you glide along the gelcoat and not dig in to it and your problem will be solved. This is an orange peel oil type product like no other. Turns any hard or tacky glue residue into mush very quickly.
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:16 AM
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Is Goof Off the same as Goo Gone? I have used Goo Gone for this and it worked very well.
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